Debra L. Moreau, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist

Debra Moreau is an entomologist with an applied research program that focuses on the identification, biology, and integrated pest management of emerging and invasive insect pests and vectors of economically important plant diseases, such as viruses, small fruit. At the present time, the lab is using conventional and newer technologies that include molecular tools for species identification and virus testing, and GIS/remote sensing for mapping landscapes.

Current research and/or projects

  • Short and long-term impact of grapevine viruses on vine performance and fruit quality, with a focus on hybrids
  • Distribution, impact and management of Phylloxera and key emerging and invasive vineyard pests
  • Collaboration and co-location of a Plant Health Lab with Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc.
  • Strategies for spotted wing drosophila pest management
  • Using a biovigilance approach to address long-term pest management challenges in agriculture
  • Understanding key economic insect pests and natural enemies in commercial long-cane raspberry.

Research and/or project statements

Research program focuses on the identification, biology, and integrated pest management of emerging and invasive insect pests and vectors of economically important plant diseases, such as viruses, small fruit. At the present time, the lab is using conventional and newer technologies that include molecular tools for species identification and virus testing, and GIS/remote sensing for mapping landscapes.

Professional activities / interests

  • Co-Lead of the Coastal Biovigilance Network
  • Coastal Biovigilance Network representative on the National Biovigilance Working Group
  • Co-Chair of AAFC Women In Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (WiSTEM) Network
  • Member of GoC National Women's Committee Network Steering Committee
  • AAFC Representative on the Canadian Working Group on Insect Pests of Berry Crops, supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Pesticide Risk Reduction Program
  • Member of the Grape Growers’ Association of Nova Scotia and Best Management Practices Committee
  • Member of the Wine and Grape Research and Development Committee of the Nova Scotia Wine Development Board.

Education and awards

1996 - BSc (Honours in Biology) Acadia University (Wolfville, NS)

1999 - MSc (Biology) Acadia University (Wolfville, NS)

2006 - PhD (Biology) Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS)

2015 - Research efforts on strawberry decline were recognized through the passing of Resolution No. 2074 in the 62nd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature on May 11, 2015, by the Honourable Keith Colwell.

Key publications

  1. Gillis, J., Bezanson, G.S., and Moreau, D.L. (2012). "Association of E. coli with various insect species emerging from the Thomas brook watershed.", AAFC-WEBS Thomas Brook Technical Workshop, Kentville, NS, Canada, October 17, 2012. (Presentation)

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  2. Moreau, D.L. and Foster, L.J. (2012). Spotted wing drosophila: An update for Nova Scotia. - 148th Annual Report 2011 Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association ( pp. 144-147). (Report)

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  3. Song, J., Forney, C.F., Moreau, D.L., Jordan, M.A., Fillmore, S.A.E., and Munro, K.D. (2010). "Effect of fruit maturity and cutting on the respiration and volatile production of apple fruit.", 28th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2010): Postharvest technology in global market, Lisboa Congress Centre, Lisbon, Portugal, August 22-27, 2010. (Poster)

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  4. Borza, A.D., Annan, N.T., Moreau, D.L., Allan-Wojtas, P., Ghanem, A., Rousseau, D., Paulson, A.T., and Truelstrup Hansen, L. (2010). "Microencapsulation in genipin cross-linked gelatine-maltodextrin improves survival of Bifidobacterium adolescentis during exposure to in vitro gastrointestinal conditions.", Journal of Microencapsulation, 27(5), pp. 387-399.

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  5. Fan, L., Moreau, D.L., Allan-Wojtas, P., Doucette, C., Fillmore, S.A.E., and Walker, B.A. (2009). "Enumeration of lactic acid bacteria and evaluation of shelf life of a new type of yogurt’.", 9th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, USA, June 6-9, 2009.

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  6. Fan, L., Moreau, D.L., Doucette, C., Fillmore, S.A.E., and Walker, B.A. (2008). "Fate of lactic acid bacteria in a new type of yogurt.", 2008 Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology (CIFST) and AAFC Conference, Delta Prince Edward Hotel, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, May 25-27, 2008, pp. 66. (Abstract)

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  7. Allan-Wojtas, P., Forney, C.F., Moyls, A.L., and Moreau, D.L. (2008). "Structure and gas transmission characteristics of microperforations in plastic films.", Packaging Technology and Science, 21, pp. 217-229.

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  8. Fan, L., Song, J., Moreau, D.L., Allan-Wojtas, P., Doucette, C., and Campbell-Palmer, L. (2007). "Hexanal Vapor Inhibits Fungal Growth and Controls Postharvest Fruit Decay.", HortScience, 42(4), pp. 870. (Abstract)

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  9. Annan, N.T., Borza, A.D., Moreau, D.L., Allan-Wojtas, P., and Truelstrup Hansen, L. (2007). "Effect of process variables on particle size and viability of Bifidobacterium lactis Bb-12 in genipin-gelatin microspheres.", Journal of Microencapsulation, 24(2), pp. 152-162.

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  10. Moreau, D.L. (2006). Aspects of fungal pathogenesis in Lygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvois) (Heteroptera, Miridae). Ph.D. Thesis., Canada: Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada.

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  11. Hardman, J.M., Franklin, J.L., Jensen, K.I.N., and Moreau, D.L. (2006). "Effects of pesticides on mite predators (Acari: Phytoseiidae) and colonization of apple trees by Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae).", Phytoparasitica, 34, pp. 449-462.

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  12. Moreau, D.L., Fan, L., Allan-Wojtas, P., Song, J., Doucette, C., and Campbell-Palmer, L. (2006). "Effect of hexanal vapor on spore viability of postharvest pathogens and fruit decay.", 10th Annual Federal Food Safety and Nutrition Research Meeting (FFSNRM): 10 Years of Fostering Research Integration and Collaboration, Ottawa, ON, Canada, October 11-12, 2006, pp. 124. (Abstract)

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  13. Hardman, J.M., Franklin, J.L., Jensen, K.I.N., and Moreau, D.L. (2006). "Effects of pesticides on mite predators (Acari: Phytoseiidae) and colonization of apple trees by Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae).", Phytoparasitica, 34, pp. 449-462.

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  14. Hardman, J.M., Jensen, K.I.N., Franklin, J.L., and Moreau, D.L. (2005). "Effects of dispersal, predators (Acari: Phytoseiidae), weather and ground cover treatments on populations of Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae) in apple orchards.", Journal of Economic Entomology, 98(3), pp. 862-874.

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  15. Hardman, J.M., Jensen, K.I.N., Franklin, J.L., and Moreau, D.L. (2005). "Effects of dispersal, predators (Acari: Phytoseiidae), weather, and ground cover treatments on populations of Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae) in apple orchards.", Journal of Economic Entomology, 98, pp. 862-874.

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  16. Hardman, J.M., Jensen, K.I.N., Moreau, D.L., Franklin, J.L., and Bent, E. (2004). "Effects of ground cover treatments and insecticide use on population density and damage caused by Lygus lineolaris (Heteroptera : Miridae) in apple orchards.", Journal of Economic Entomology, 97(3), pp. 993-1002.

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  17. Hardman, J.M., Franklin, J.L., Moreau, D.L., and Bostanian, N.J. (2003). "An index for selective toxicity of miticides to phytophagous mites and their predators based on orchard trials.", Pest Management Science, 59, pp. 1321-1332.

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  18. Hardman, J.M., Franklin, J.L., Moreau, D.L., and Bostanian, N.J. (2003). "An index for selective toxicity of miticides to phytophagous mites and their predators based on orchard trials.", Pest Management Science, 59(12), pp. 1321-1332.

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  19. Dubreuil, P., Brazeau, P., Moreau, D.L., Farmer, C., Coy, D., and Abribat, T. (2001). "The use of pigs as an animal model to evaluate the efficacy, potency and specificity of two growth hormone releasing factor analogues.", Growth Hormone & IGF Research, 11(3), pp. 173-186.

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  20. Hardman, J.M., Moreau, D.L., Rogers, M.L., Gaul, S.O., and Bent, E. (2000). "Performance of a pyrethroid resistant strain of the predator mite Typhlodromus pyri (Acari: Phytoseiidae) from New Zealand on apple trees in Nova Scotia.", Journal of Economic Entomology, 93(3), pp. 590-604.

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Research facility

32 Main Street
Kentville, NS B4N 1J5
Canada

Affiliations

  • Member of the Entomological Society of Canada
  • Member of the Acadian Entomological Society
  • Member of the Entomological Society of America

 

Language

English